UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Oct 16

    Oct 16 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 29
points higher at 5,862 on Friday, according to financial bookmakers.

    * RIO TINTO: Rio Tinto warned on Friday that a resurgence
in coronavirus cases was putting global economic growth at risk, and that steel
production outside China has sharply dropped even as stimulus measures prop up
demand in the top consumer.
    * TRANSPORT FOR LONDON: The British government is offering Transport for
London a further 1 billion pounds bailout with demands that the transport
operator raise fares and curb the remaining free travel entitlements for
children and pensioners, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

    * SHELL: Shell Canada has abandoned plans for the possible sale of
its Sarnia Manufacturing Centre, it said on Thursday, confirming an earlier
media report.
    * CAPITA: British outsourcing group Capita Plc received
lower-than-expected final offers for its Education Software Solutions unit,
Bloomberg News reported on Thursday, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

    * The UK blue-chip index closed 1.7% lower, a near-two week low on
Thursday as concerns over new coronavirus restrictions and Brexit-related
uncertainty prompted investors to book profits after a rally earlier in the
    * UK CORPORATE DIARY:       
 Man Group Plc                           Q3 trading statement
 J D Wetherspoon                         FY results
 Jupiter Fund Management Plc             Q3 trading statement
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 (Reporting by Samantha Machado in Bengaluru)